Lived Experience

One of the more toxic concepts of Critical Theory is the overriding importance of ‘lived experience’ and the disqualification of empirical data and statistical reasoning. The latter are seen as tools of the western white male patriarchy and not to be trusted. There are several problems with an approach that centres unverified ‘lived experience’ and… Continue reading Lived Experience

Meghan Markle and the missing 49 million men

Covid-19 has brought out the worst in some feminists. One common theme is that that the pandemic is affecting women more than men; no surprise then that Meghan Markle, who speaks fluent feminist cliché, has jumped on this bandwagon and no surprise either that her comments have been uncritically reported across a range of news… Continue reading Meghan Markle and the missing 49 million men

Laura Bates and pervasive misogyny

Laura Bates appears to believe that misogyny permeates society and the framework in which this operates is an invisible one – the patriarchy. The evidence for this is unverified ‘lived experience’ of women and even then, only ‘lived experience’ that conforms with feminist liturgy. The problems with ‘lived experience’ rather than empirical evidence will be… Continue reading Laura Bates and pervasive misogyny

Laura Bates and the axis of radicalisation

Laura Bates is something of a media celebrity and the author of books including Everyday Sexism and Men Who Hate Women. She is guaranteed uncritical acceptance on daytime TV and I have yet to see her asked a remotely challenging question. That is a pity because her most recent book, at least, is ‘full of… Continue reading Laura Bates and the axis of radicalisation

Pictures do the ‘heavy lifting’

When a newspaper or magazine article seeks to make a point, a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’ is done by the associated pictures. Even when the underlying text is perfectly well balanced, pictures can be chosen that distort our perspectives. Because most of us ‘skim’ articles in a superficial manner this can happen easily and… Continue reading Pictures do the ‘heavy lifting’

The Labour Party’s Problem With Men

Pundits have been, quite properly, quick to point the finger at Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party when it comes to sexist attitudes. However, the Labour Party has some serious problems of its own with its attitudes to men. Their last election manifesto was strongly gynocentric and the men who comprise 49% of the population… Continue reading The Labour Party’s Problem With Men